THE KEEP Trade Local campaign by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) received a welcome boost when Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd signed up as an ambassador.
Mr Lloyd met with local FSB representatives to discuss how small business in Eastbourne could be helped by the government to develop, create jobs and grow the local economy.
They discussed the Prime Minister’s announcement about of a series of measures designed to help small firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts.
Mr Lloyd explained a new ‘contracts finder’ website has been launched to give businesses an easier way to locate information about upcoming contracts which have, until now, effectively shut out small businesses who cannot afford to take the time to fill in dozens of pages of forms.
Mr Lloyd said, “I am delighted to have become an FSB ambassador. This is an area to which I have devoted a huge amount of time and energy over the past months.
“It is absolutely vital to the economy of Eastbourne and the UK that we support our independent small and medium-sized businesses and allow them to flourish.
“I am glad that the Coalition Government has realised this too and has decided to reduce the huge burden of regulation on these companies.
“Having already held a procurement conference in Eastbourne and soon to publish a procurement tool kit expressly for local traders, I am very happy to see that the rest of the UK is following where Eastbourne leads.”
Arthur Mapletoft, chair of the Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said, “We are delighted that Stephen has decided to become a parliamentary champion for the FSB and particularly an ambassador for the Keep Trade Local campaign.
“With the VAT increase, fuel prices, recent severe weather and public sector cuts, small businesses have a lot to contend with in 2011 and we need people like Stephen Lloyd out front campaigning for us.”